I am a highly driven, self-motivated individual who thrives in fast-paced, high-pressure environments. Experience as a freelance editorial assistant means that I have independently developed creative skills, whilst having worked as a duty manager at a bar, I can confidently lead a team of people with efficiency. I have highly developed literary abilities, demonstrated by my current role as a Production Proofreader and Copy Editor for Spark44, a renowned media agency, for whom the sole client is Jaguar Land Rover.
As a Production Proofreader and Copy Editor for Spark44, I am well accustomed to handling large volumes of work, paying close attention to every piece of copy for a sustained period of time. Spark44’s sole client is Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), which means that I am familiar with working on high profile, luxury brands from a consumer-facing perspective. I am able to adapt my skills to a variety of copy, no matter how mechanically complex. Within this role I have become familiar with the Adobe suite, especially InCopy, and use this amongst other computer programmes (such as InDesign and Photoshop) to complete tasks. I have also developed strong working relationships through organising client meetings and liaising between the various departments within the agency. I work on a broad spectrum of material, from car brochures to digital copy, through to customer correspondence and the maintenance of the Master Feature Database (a matrix of all JLR systems and features). This exposure has allowed me to build my SEO and copy editing skills as well as my understanding of CMS. I am the Quarterly Marketing Guide editor for both the Jaguar and Land Rover brands, which has given me experience in using consumer insight data to create an informative piece of marketing literature. Additionally, JLR’s Naming Committee consults me on a regular basis regarding the naming conventions of new accessories and colours for vehicles. These tasks carry a lot of responsibility and show that I am capable of working under pressure as a trusted, consulted member of a huge corporation such as JLR.
Within this role, I acted as a website contributor for ‘The Happy Foodie’, Penguin’s cookery website and resource used to promote food literature. This job saw me upload and edit hundreds of recipes from books such as Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food to Nadia’s Kitchen. I ensured that the house style was adhered to at all times and that the website was presented in a user-friendly manner. I have a wealth of experience in proofreading online publications, as well as being a confident user of Photoshop and Flockler. Publishing online content was a key part of this role, thus, editing and uploading digital assets does not faze me. This experience enhanced my long-time love and passion for cookery and developed my interest in food literature more generally.
Having spent time as a summer intern with the marketing department at Dorling Kindersley, I am familiar with how to execute successful PR and marketing campaigns using both online and offline strategies, capable of using software such as Biblio3 and Gorkana to achieve this. Furthermore, I am familiar with the production process that underpins the publication of both digital and physical assets. This internship lead on to working as a Freelance Editorial Assistant for Penguin Random House.